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Smithsonian: Sevierville is 1 of best small towns to visit

The Smithsonian Magazine just named Sevierville to its list of "The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015."

Here's what the magazine had to say about the East Tennessee tourist town, which it ranked 8th:

Dolly Parton refers to Sevierville as her hometown, and the country star's namesake amusement park, located just seven miles from downtown, celebrates its 30th season this year with renovated facilities, a new resort and a series of energetic festivals. But Sevierville is also just a few miles from America's most-visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains, which offers great hiking and wildlife viewing amid green valleys and historic structures—including one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States. Outside the park, adventurers come for the ropes courses and zipline tours (14 zipline companies operate in the area), while amateur spelunkers can enjoy the colorful caves and underground river at Forbidden Caverns. History lovers, meanwhile, should note the historic houses, churches and plantations, plus the 19th century covered bridge, as well as the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, featuring aircraft from World War II and other major conflicts.

Estes Park, Colorado, got the number one spot on the list. Nantucket, Massachusetts, was number two, and Stuart, Florida, took the third spot.


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